[100k ENDS TODAY] Sapphire Reserve Offers Free Unlimited Guest Access to Airport Lounges

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The sign up bonus that currently comes with the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card when you apply online, 100,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 on the card within three months of opening it, will drop to 50,000 Ultimate Rewards for the same spending requirement this coming Thursday, January 12. If you want the 100k bonus, apply by Wednesday, January 11!

The brand new Chase Sapphire Reserve offers 100,000 bonus Ultimate Rewards after spending $4,000 on the card in the first three months.

$600 in Credits

Plus it offers up to $600 in statement credits in the first year of card membership.

There’s a $300 per calendar year to automatically offset your first $300 in “travel” purchases. This broad category includes airfare, flight award taxes and fees, airline fees, hotels, Airbnb, car rentals, cruises, tolls/E-Z Pass, parking, Uber/Lyft, and taxis.

Everyone reading this blog must rack up well over $300 in such charges per year, so that’s basically free money, and since the credit resets after your December statement, you can get two $300 credits before your second annual fee is due. That’s $600 in statement credits in the first 12 months you have the card.

Lounge Access

The card also offers free Priority Pass Select membership.

Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge access program. Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders get free Priority Pass Select membership, which entitles them to free access to 900+ lounges worldwide (everything on the list except United Clubs.)

To get your free membership, you have to request it on chase.com with a few clicks.

SkyTeam Lounge at London Heathrow, accessible with the Priority Pass
SkyTeam Lounge at London Heathrow, accessible with the Priority Pass

I’ve been in a few dozen Priority Pass lounges around the world. They vary in quality, but you can always count on free drinks, snacks, and wifi, and you can usually cobble together a meal with a glass of wine or a cocktail.

Priority Pass Guest Policy

This is where things get amazing! Dansdeals confirmed by secure message and Doctor of Credit confirmed on Twitter that Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can bring unlimited free guests into Priority Pass lounges.

The only limit is that some lounges limit the number of Priority Pass guests you can bring in, like the Copa Lounge in Panama City.
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Guest limits imposed by lounges are rare. And in the Panama City case, there is another lounge at the airport without a guest limit. Check the “CONDITIONS” section on the lounge’s page in the Priority Pass app to see if there are restrictions.

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Comparison to Citi Prestige and Amex Platinum

The Citi Prestige and Amex Platinum also offer free Priority Pass membership.

Getting Priority Pass Membership

With the Citi Prestige, you’re automatically enrolled in Priority Pass and your membership card arrives a few days after you get your Prestige. With the Amex Platinum, like with the Chase Sapphire Reserve, you have to make a few clicks online to enroll in Priority Pass.

Guest Access

The Amex Platinum Card’s Priority Pass membership doesn’t include free guests. You pay $27 per guest. The Citi Prestige’s Priority Pass membership lets you bring two free guests or your spouse and children under 18 into Priority Pass lounges with you for free.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve is better than either. It allows unlimited free guests.

Bottom Line

The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers an amazing Priority Pass Select membership for free. You can go into 900+ Priority Pass lounges worldwide whenever you fly, and you can bring in unlimited guests for free.

This perk is in addition to the 100,000 point sign up bonus and $600 in travel statement credits in the first 12 months.

The Chase Sapphire Reserve is clearly the best travel credit card ever.

DON’T FORGET that the current sign up bonus of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards is dropping to just 50,000 Ultimate Rewards for the same $4k minimum spending requirement this coming Thursday, January 12. If you want the 100,000 Ultimate Rewards bonus, sign up by January 11!


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23 COMMENTS

  1. A thought on the free $300 per year for travel.
    Assuming you fly SWA and didn’t have any plans to fly this year, since SWA doesn’t charge for changes to a ticket, it would be possible to book your $300 worth of travel this year even if you couldn’t use it, get your credit, and then rebook that same flight for sometime next year.

  2. Agree with Jonathan. How will the actual PP lounge distinguish between AMEX(Plat) and/or CSR benefits?
    Will we need to open a second PP account when our card arrives and be sure to link it and use it at the lounge if we have a guest(so they don’t pop our AMEX for $27)?

    • the lounges don’t know… they just swipe your card.
      if your PP card has unlimited guesting, there will be no charge to your credit card.
      if your PP has limits, you will see $27 charge per guest over limit on your credit card.

  3. I understand that part. So I assume we will have separate PP accounts and cards. Kinda renders the AMEX version useless.

  4. Once you take into consideration the real value (easily $600) of the $300 annual travel reimbursement, before the annual fee anniversary…getting this card is a no brainer if you can qualify. Wife just approved for hers, will apply for mine in 30-45 days (staggering to ensure meeting spending). Happy to use your referral links Scott!

  5. Which lounges can u go into. Any? Or just the lounges on priority pass site? I’m in San Diego international and they have the united club, American Airlines club and delta, can I go into any of those?? Please someone reply. It would be nice to shower lol

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